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13 Apr 2020

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Senators Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal & Kirsten Gillibrand

US Senators ask Amazon to respond to allegations of unsafe working conditions & that it fired an employee in retaliation for organizing

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We write to express our continued concern about working conditions at Amazon as well as recent actions Amazon has taken, including the recent firing of an Amazon warehouse employee who was involved in organizing their coworkers for stronger workplace protections... Adding to our concern are leaked meeting notes from a meeting you attended, where top executives at Amazon designed a smear campaign to discredit the fired employee... Specifically, we would like to know more about the events that led to the employee’s firing... We are also concerned about the environment that caused the fired employee and their colleagues to strike. While Amazon has previously touted the steps they have taken to keep their workers safe, workers at the Staten Island facility claim that they were in short supply of personal protective equipment like disposable gloves and masks... Any failure of Amazon to keep its workers safe does not just put their employees at risk, it puts the entire country at risk. We ask that you provide a written response to the concerns raised in this letter... no later than April 14.

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